How Do You Monitor Ruby Applications?

Richard Gonzales
October 17, 2023

When features are deployed and are available for your users, it is critically important to have monitoring setup in place to make sure that your application is running smoothly. The monitoring tools and practices may vary depending on the unique requirements and of your application. We will enumerate the importance of application monitoring, challenges and our solution to help you sleep soundly at night.

Why is Ruby Application Monitoring Important?

Providing a reliable and high-performing application can set you apart from competitors. Making sure that the you deliver a positive user experience and customer satisfaction also results to good brand image and reputation.

The Cost of Downtime. According to a 2014 study by Gartner, the average cost of unplanned downtime is around $5,600 per minute. Monitoring tools can quickly detect and alert us of issues, such as errors, slow response times or increased resource utilization.

Investors, partners and stakeholders will have more confidence in your business when they know you have a robust monitoring strategy in place to protect and optimize your digital assets.

Performance Metrics That Matter. Identifying inefficiencies and performance bottlenecks can potentially reduce operational costs and hosting expenses. Monitoring application server performance can make informed decisions to either scale on increased traffic and load, optimize software, or both.

Monitoring tools provide valuable data and insights on how your application interact with users. This information can guide product development and marketing strategies for data-driven decisions.

Security Concerns in Rails Applications. Monitoring can help you identify security vulnerabilities and breaches. It also helps you ensure compliance with data protection regulations aside from protecting your business from legal and financial liabilities.

Monitoring can be proactive in addressing potential issues before they become critical. Thus, reducing the cost for emergency fixes and service disruptions.

Common Challenges in Ruby Application Monitoring

Application monitoring can present several challenges for business owners if they are not well-prepared or lack a clear strategy.

Lack of Real-Time Data. Monitoring tools can help you gather information and insights of your application’s performance. Without real-time data, you may not be able to make immediate decisions based on current information.

Real-time data is crucial in improving user experience. Performance issues, errors and usability concerns must be addressed promptly to avoid user dissatisfaction.

Performance monitoring data can be used to properly handle scalability challenges, respond to security threats and vulnerabilities and avoid loss of revenue.

Complexity in Scaling. As user base grow, your application must scale to handle increased traffic and load. Monitoring will help you understand when and how to scale, ensuring that your application remains operation, responsive and reliable.

Managing Multiple Environments. Monitoring multiple application environments is essential to maintain application quality, minimizing risks and ensuring smooth development-to-production pipeline. Tools should support multiple environments and configuration to allow you to maintain consistency and scalability.

Development and staging environments may drift away from the production environment in terms of configuration and performance. Monitoring these helps detect and address such drift.

Monitoring data should also be isolated between environments to prevent each from affecting or interfering with the other. Also to avoid issues on these environments from reaching the production environment.

How OpsCare Solves These Challenges

24/7 Monitoring and Support. OpsCare® provides you with full around the clock monitoring and support for your Ruby on Rails applications. Located in three time-zones around the world, providing complete support to make sure your application is always available.

CloudWatch with a custom monitoring tool to ensure your application is online and VictorOps that will send alert to the OpsCare team to respond accordingly when something goes wrong.

Performance Management with Skylight visualizes all your application’s performance data with an easy-to-use interface. Every OpsCare package includes as part of the subscription.

Painless Scaling and Deployment. OpsCare is built from the ground up to handle simple, painless scaling. It uses the least amount of compute needed for your application to deliver reliable services and allow you to scale up within minutes if needed. Depending on your application’s traffic and load, OpsCare provides a scheduled scaling too to add extra capacity and scale down on low traffic hours.

Key Features for OpsCare for Ruby Monitoring

Around-the-Clock Server Monitoring. reinteractive’s OpsCare takes responsibility for keeping your application online 24x7 so you don’t have to spend time and resources on this. Keeping your site up and available to your customers while you focus on adding new features.

Prebaked Deployment. The OpsCare stack provides your developer with a command line deployment tool for both staging and production environments. OpsCare prebaked all deployments so that production server are not touched until the new environment is ready and rollbacks are simple.

Security Patches Handled. Security patches are automatically applied by the OpsCare team on your infrastructure in cases of security issues.

Contact reinteractive Today To Monitor Your Ruby Applications

Application monitoring directly impacts the overall success and health of your business. To ensure that your application is performing optimally, with proactive issue resolution, stakeholder confidence, reduction of operational costs and detection of security vulnerabilities and incidents, OpsCare have all of your Ruby application’s support and monitoring concerns covered with 24/7 dedicated experts. Contact OpsCare today!